Monckton cut off in Oz radio row
Monckton , UKIP
deputy leader and travelling climate skeptic, ran into yet more
controversy this morning during his latest tour of Australia when
he was dumped off the air during a
heated exchange with ABC Radio's Adam Spencer.
The interview began with Spencer, a mathematician and presenter of
several ABC science programmes, challenging Monckton on his
claims to be a non-voting member of the House of Lords .
Monckton, a hereditary peer, has never been a member of the House
(his father was removed from the house along with most other
hereditary peers in 1999). He told Spencer he is a member of the
upper House "but without the right to sit or vote."
The House of Lords themselves
"Lord Monckton is not and never has been
a member of the House of Lords. The clerk of the parliaments has
written to Lord Monckton, confirming that he has no association
with the House and advising him to stop branding himself as
When Spencer quoted the House authorities, Monckton said:
"I am a member of the Lords, as it says
on my passport. It says I am the Right Honourable Viscount Monckton
of Brenchley. So get used to it."
Spencer then moved on, questioning Monckton on the claim made in
biography hosted by the Monckton-affiliated Science and Public
Policy Institute that he is a 'Nobel Peace Laureate' who wears a
'Nobel Prize Pin'. Monckton, sounding riled, replied that a
professor at Rochester University had said he deserved a Nobel
prize for the changes he had forced to the IPCC report and
presented him with the pin that he wears. "That's what we on the
centre-right call a joke. That's what you and the ABC on the
centre-left wouldn't understand." Monckton said.
Spencer went on:
"There seems to be a consistent pattern,
sir, that when you speak publicly and analyse climate science and
make pronouncements, and it's my understanding you've never held
any academic position at any university or any research institute
connected with climate science … when your talks are taken and
replayed to the authors ... you quote, they consistently say,
'that's not what I meant, that's not the graph, that's a
misrepresentation of what I say.' There's a very famous case where
one of your talks was taken and every single person who was quoted
came back and said, 'that's not the thrust of what I was
Monckton hit back at Spencer calling him "deliberately hostile"
and "childish", and demanding he provide examples of his
misrepresentation of scientists. The two then debated Monckton's
scientific claims on CO2 levels, with Monckton at one point telling
Spencer: "so you just listen, and shut up."
During the tetchy exchange Monckton refused several times to allow
Spencer to move the discussion on: "I'm actually going to try and
get a word into this interview now, so you shut up and listen" he
said. When Monckton called Spencer "unpleasant" and demanded he "be
quiet and just listen", Spencer finally cut him off. He said:
"We will finish the interview there …
that's not going anywhere Lord Monckton and you know exactly why
that's going nowhere. My apologies for not getting to the questions
that we wished to."
But then after complaints from listeners,
"My apologies for the method in which I
terminated my interview with Lord Monckton there. It felt
completely dysfunctional on both sides. In retrospect I should not
have hung up on him, I should have tried to get a word in to say I
was terminating the conversation as he suggested that I do."
Monckton was brought back on
the air for a second round full of false politeness , to be
asked about his discussions with Australian politicians, being
banned from several speaking venues, his links with the Australian
mining industry, about who invited him to speak in the country and
who is funding the tour, as well his "lack of economic
Monckton finished the interview in typically provocative fashion,
responding to Spencer's apology: "Please don't conduct interviews
like that again, it wasn't very pleasant…" Spencer replied: "It
wasn't very pleasant for me or the listeners either, sir."